In September 2018 we re-opened Bodmin’s old Library as an accessible and vibrant performance and community space, promoting the arts, culture and community cohesion through access and participation.

Utilising the existing layout, the small scale community arts centre houses a cafe, offering locally produced food and drinks with an emphasis on healthy eating and quality produce. In the same space there is a small stage for live music, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, talks and, potentially, small-scale theatre and dance.

Also on the ground floor, there is a space for hire for workshops, classes and drop-in services, such as baby and toddler groups and memory cafes.

On the first floor the five rooms are occupied by Citizen's Advice Cornwall, Seetc Pluss and the intoBodmin Co-working space with 8 hot desks for hire, upstairs is a vibrant and supportive community who bring people into the space for learning, support and enterprise.

Our founding goals

  • To promote culture in Bodmin and Cornwall.

  • To create an inspiring and versatile performance space.

  • To inspire artists to create and showcase new work.

  • To present opportunities for local people to engage with the arts through workshops, classes, community performances and drop-in events.

  • To present opportunities for other creative organisations and individuals to run workshops and classes, and access audiences.

  • To generate a sustainable income through hires, ticket revenue and a cafe. As well as attracting project-based and regular grant funding.

  • To build cohesion between cultural and heritage organisations, local businesses, the general public and the local authority.

  • To create a modern exhibition space to promote local visual artists.




Project Outline


As a venue, it will be flexible in its design and allow various seating configurations as well as being able to remove seats for standing room only.  We will look in the first instance to attract local artists and musicians and create a regular and dynamic programme of events. Performers will come from across Cornwall and further afield. The space will be intimate and attract performances that are suitable for the setting, such as stand-up comedy, art-house cinema, cabaret, performance poetry, talks and lectures, singer-songwriters and small bands. 


As a making and learning space, we will seek to attract local practitioners to come and run series of creative workshops, one-off classes or taster sessions. We will seek funding to subsidise these for low earners and young people.


As a community facility, we will open a cafe where people can meet, take part in informal events and purchase high quality, ethical and wholesome local food and drink. The cafe will not only generate income but will promote healthy living and create the relaxed environment which will serve as a gateway to accessing the arts and the organisations renting the upstairs rooms.


Project Outcomes

Looking to the future, we see the Old Library achieving:

  • Higher local engagement in arts and culture, in particular drawing people from the hinterlands, North and East Cornwall.

  • Outreach projects helping those who struggle or resist engaging with culture to do so in  familiar surroundings.

  • Cultural status for Bodmin. Attracting funding, tourism, inward investment in the arts and Bodmin as a whole.

  • Greater social wellbeing for Bodmin.

  • Increased sense of community through participation projects and providing a sense of pride in something local.

  • Regeneration of Fore Street, with increased numbers of people walking up to the space from town centre car-parks.

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